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Canon HJ15 Lens Conquers Pikes Peak

Canon HJ15 Lens Conquers Pikes Peak


Canon’s HJ15ex8.5B lens, the world’s first portable HD zoom lens with built-in Optical Image stabilization, was recently used to shoot the 2010 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

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Where My Heart Beats

SpotlightIn 1989, Swedish Journalist Khazar Fatemi fled war-torn Afghanistan for a chance at a better life. Twenty years later, she returned equipped with a camera and a driving motivation to tell the world the truth about the war and its aftermath. “I was brought up in war, but the war the media was showing was not familiar to me,” says Fatemi. “Where were the Afghani people? The media was only showing the military and politicians. I wanted to show the world the people that have really suffered from the consequences of war. I wanted to give them a voice.”

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Indie Feats During Hard Times

I1stADJoshSandsGripKyuHanShinBoomOperatorBenOConnorActorTheodoreToureJohnsonJr.ActorSallyKemperProductionCoordinatorMaryJoVarney moved to Hollywood eight years ago to take my moviemaking experience to the next level. Over the years, it seemed there was always some kind of obstacle that stopped me from making my own film, and I often questioned whether it was worth the sacrifices I was making. I’m sure almost everyone reading this story can relate on some level to the difficulties that come with working in the entertainment industry, especially in Los Angeles where there have been so many changes in the last few years.

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Finding Remedies for Docs

Whether you’re shooting lions attacking prey on the savannah or simply putting together footage from a dozen different sources, capturing documentary footage can be an arduous job. And documentarians know that post is where they can deal with all their production issues to create the best results. P3 Update spoke to three post houses about how they add their “secret sauce” to aid documentary films.

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Thriving European Locations

OnLocation_Europe_Germany_Deko_Berliner_Strae_1     While the world’s exotic locations are luring filmmakers from across the globe, the majestic scenery and alluring architecture throughout Europe are top drawing cards. But in the international competition to attract productions throughout 2010, European nations quickly realized that ancient cities and stunning scenery alone wouldn’t suffice, and the addition of irresistible financial incentives would help to clinch movie deals benefiting local communities. Incentives are also an integral part of the production process, as producers and directors seek top-of-the-line production facilities, safe and experienced support crews and a depth of local talent when scouting their filming destinations. P3 Update looks at Europe’s top filmmaking destinations and reveals the perks and enticements that enabled them to attract a swarm of production in 2010.

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Top 10 Locations Worldwide

Producers choose where to shoot based on a laundry list of factors: specific locations, incentives, deep crew base, great infrastructure and even where the director or leading actor lives or likes to work. “For us, it’s a global playing field,” says Jerry Ketcham, senior VP of feature production atDisney. “When we look at a movie, we look at the entire world for opportunities on where to make it: Hungary, the Czech Republic, the U.K., Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, even Beijing. Every studio executive looks at several choices for every project because there are so many options.” With all these great options being offered to filmmakers around the world,P3 Updatecontinues its annual list of the 10 most popular locations that are best known for luring in productions.

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Cutting-Edge High-Def Cameras

NAB 2010 introduced a healthy offering of new HD cameras, and, as always, camera manufacturers are looking for the cream of the crop. Typically, favorites steal the spotlight but, occasionally, a dark horse will ease ahead of the pack. To find out if 2010 was an atypical year for new cameras, I spoke with some rental houses and dealers to see what their customers are demanding.

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Rebel with a Cause

When first-time Filmmaker Kiran Deol set out to shoot a documentary, she didn’t make it easy on herself. Her film Woman Rebel, which is currently screening on HBO2 over the next year, has as its backdrop the controversial 10-year revolution in Nepal, when women made up 40 percent of the guerrilla army fighting against the government. The film follows the story of one of these women –– codename “Silu” –– on her unlikely journey from the jungle all the way to the halls of the Parliament of England.

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Shooting in the Winds of Cambodia

Cinematographer Melissa Holt has a passion for film and shooting both narrative and documentary projects. When she majored in biology at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Penn., Holt enjoyed watching nature documentaries from places like National Geographic, and that led to a desire to incorporate science into filmmaking. After a few elective courses, she fell in love with the filmmaking process, switched majors and later earned a Masters at AFI, where her thesis project was a documentary about leatherback sea turtles in Costa Rica.

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Expecting the Unexpected

Audio Specialist Scott Harber does a lot of work in scripted entertainment for both big and small screens alike, including the TV shows “Rescue 911” and “Desperate Housewives” and the upcoming feature 30 Minutes or Less for Columbia Pictures. But his real passion is for the documentary films that have taken him all over the world, such as Bill Maher’s Religulous and the Sacha Baron Cohen mockumentaries Borat and Brüno.

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Harber and his colleagues shot Cohen’s comedic films as documentaries, as Cohen and his director, Larry Charles, had specific story points in mind and felt that the films were in many ways 21st-century versions of the classic TV show “Candid Camera,” in which unsuspecting real people were sucked into absurd situations for laughs. “[Borat and Brüno] were docs,” says Harber. “It was me and two cameramen standing in a room with Sacha and whoever he was with.”

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